Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools is the primary school system in Mecklenburg County. It's public, and it has more than 148,000 students and 175 schools throughout the county. It's also one of the biggest employers in the county, with more than 19,000 teachers and other workers. It's the second largest school system in North Carolina, behind only Wake County. CMS is governed by the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Board of Education.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools needs to fill 66 custodian jobs at a time when the coronavirus is creating new demands for sanitizing schools.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools students could cycle through one week of in-person classes and two weeks of remote learning after they return to school Aug. 17. That’s one scenario for coping with the coronavirus presented Wednesday night. 

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Gov. Roy Cooper pushed back his self-imposed July 1 deadline for a statewide school reopening plan, saying Wednesday he needs more time to "get it right."

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will provide the first public preview of reopening plans today, though there won't be a decision on which path to follow.

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After years of beefing up police presence in schools, members of the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board say they’re quietly looking into whether that presence could be doing more harm than good. 

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board grudgingly approved a raise for about 3,100 hourly employees Tuesday, with members saying they celebrate boosting pay but resent the tactics used to force the district's hand.

Superintendent Earnest Winston said Tuesday that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools will get rid of all school names "that many in our community say glorify a racist, hateful and painful past."

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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board approved $67 million in construction contracts Tuesday, including $24 million to build a new elementary school in southwest Charlotte.

Gov. Roy Cooper has asked North Carolina schools to prepare for operating at 50% capacity to allow for safe distancing if the coronavirus doesn’t let up. But Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools officials say state law doesn’t allow that.

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Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools' Zebulon Vance High isn't likely to have that name much longer. But the name and the school are deeply entangled with the history of race and education in Charlotte. 

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There’s no doubt that racism exists – and sometimes becomes very visible – at Ardrey Kell High. The school is one of North Carolina’s largest, a majority white school in a minority white district, located in one of south Charlotte’s most affluent areas.

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This week was supposed to be graduation time for Kayden Hunt, student body president at Ardrey Kell High in south Charlotte. But this year has brought one extraordinary challenge after another.

A video circulating on social media Sunday shows messages on the rock at Charlotte's Ardrey Kell High supporting Black Lives Matter protests defaced and crossed out.


County commissioners approved a budget Tuesday that forces Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour. But all the discussion was about another matter: Failure to help students of color succeed. 


Superintendent Earnest Winston sent messages to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools employees, students and the community Sunday urging them to work against "bias, bigotry and racism."


If you’d told Jonathan Bryant a few months ago that Lincoln Charter School would pay $10,000 for a graduation venue and ask families to drive an hour to get there, he’d have thought you were crazy. But the coronavirus has uprooted traditions that go so deep in our culture that we barely think about them until they’re banned.

Now the longest, strangest and most controversial graduation season in memory is underway.


Mecklenburg County commissioners informally approved a budget Wednesday that holds the property tax rate steady. It gives Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools a $26 million increase, but withholds $11 million of that unless CMS pays hourly employees at least $15 an hour.

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The Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board unanimously approved a new 2020-21 calendar Tuesday that reopens schools Aug. 17. But board Chair Elyse Dashew says families and employees aren’t as concerned about when schools will reopen as how.


Teach For America expects to bring about 70 new teachers to Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools in August. But instead of spending the summer working with students, the new teachers are likely to arrive with only virtual training. 


Four years ago Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools launched a new diversity plan to break up concentrations of poverty. So far, officials acknowledge it’s hard to see the results.